Crypt of Agadeem
Crypt of Agadeem enters the battlefield tapped.
: Add to your mana pool.
, : Add to your mana pool for each black creature card in your graveyard.
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Crypt of Agadeem Discussion
1 week ago
Vzq, ya i normally play in a fairly casual meta so i try not to include infinite combos in my decks, but at GPs and other competitive events i put in Triskelion to end games faster. I do like Bloodsoaked Champion and Crypt of Agadeem but im debating on which card to take out for the champion. So far im looking at Solemn Simulacrum given i dont think its anything more than fodder and champion is fodder that comes back.
1 week ago
I like to have a shutoff valve in my commander decks to end games that go on long, so Triskelion combo with Mikaeus is one suggestion. If you have a lot of creatures going to the graveyard, which I imagine you do, then Crypt of Agadeem seems pretty strong. Bloodsoaked Champion can be recurred from the graveyard repeatedly if you do a lot of attacking, which this deck seems to do.
2 weeks ago
Aside from assisting Grimgrin's ETB tapped factor, Amulet of Vigor is actually more handy than it looks considering I'm currently running 9 'enters tapped' lands. Unless I spruce up the land base, I'd have to really be struggling with cuts to consider axing Amulet. Totally agree with Syphon Flesh though, it's mediocre at best - every so often it shines but it's definitely a contender for replacement. Secrets of the Dead stays put! Not only is it fantastic from a thematic standpoint, the draw is insane with Gravecrawler in the mix (he's almost always my first tutor target as he enables virtually everything). At 3 mana, I'd hardly call it a win-more card.
Regarding your second paragraph, yeah...The overall deck synergy complements dozens of sneaky interactions.
Onto the lands - I like the idea of Crypt of Agadeem, Fetid Pools (really like the Island Swamp factor + cycling may come in handy if I pull it late game) & Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx in here, good calls. Also agree with your Island suggestion - although Blood Moon/Back to Basics are rare in my meta, it would still really suck. I would absolutely run Underground Sea but yeah, I'm not ready to drop $350 on an ABUR dual just yet. I don't think I'd cut Reliquary Tower for the aforementioned draw engine and as for Nephalia Drownyard & Balthor the Defiled, I ran both of those in here in previous iterations and ended up removing them at some point - Drownyard is too slow + too little value & I found I was running enough recursion without giving my opponents potential advantage as well.
Great feedback & suggestions McDeity, I appreciate it!
2 weeks ago
I respect the build. I'm not sure that I love Amulet of Vigor in the deck though, nor that Syphon Flesh is neccessary. Secrets of the Dead also feels slightly win-more since it looks like only Gravecrawler, Yawgmoth's Will, Army of the Damned's flashback, and Havengul Lich trigger it.
On the topic of Havengul Lich, I believe you already have the components of a somewhat messy combo (besides anything with Rooftop Storm- that's pretty obvious). Cast a Fatestitcher from the graveyard to gain a sweet tap ability; if you can get Grimgrin in there as well, you pickup a means to untap the Lich; add a land that can make larger doses of mana (e.g. Cabal Coffers), and you can cast all zombies from your graveyard. If your Coffers taps for enough, just feed creatures to Havengul to keep untapping the Coffer and recasting dudes from the sandbox. Geralf's Messenger works pretty well here as well (or anything with Undying), as you get two untaps. The only uncertainty I have is that Grimgrin's untap ability says to untap "Grimgrin," and I'm not sure how that translates to Havengul copying the ability (I've never found a ruling). All that does require a decent mana investment to get started though, so it's pretty much limited to the late-late game.
Somewhat still in the same vein, I'd reccomend Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Crypt of Agadeem, and Nephalia Drownyard to the list. Ooh, also an Underground Sea (budget permitting), Fetid Pools, and possibly Bad River (or other black fetch) and basic Island. The Nykthos is just good, and the Crypt+Drownyard combine well with your plethora of Zombie Apocalypse effects (though Balthor the Defiled is conspicuously missing). Underground Sea, Fetid Pools and Bad River just juice up Coffers a little more. The basic is a concession to Blood Moon/Back to Basics effects, even if it's otherwise miserable. Maybe Reliquary Tower could go? I cut it a long time ago, since discarding with the deck isn't that bad. Anyhow, you write a good intro and the list is one of the more sensible ones I've seen. Keep up the good work and God bless. -McDeity
2 weeks ago
chaosumbreon87 what I have been finding and researching looks like a lot of fun. One combo I saw was with Dread Summons , Army of the Damned, and Throne of the God-Pharaoh. And with Cabal Coffers, Crypt of Agadeem and all the tutors in black and all the sacs with Bontu it could do a lot of damage. Also powering up bontu with artifacts since she has menace you could go for lethal commander damage. especially if there are artifacts that could giver her trample and double strike, which I assume there are.
2 weeks ago
Interesting deck. Crypt of Agadeem is definitely worth considering. You should develop the mana base overall.
Lotleth Troll, Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord and Dredge cards like Golgari Grave-Troll ? Then maybe some incarnations Genesis, Brawn, Filth (with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth). These cards are not zombies but all have some use in graveyard decks. Take what you want.
3 weeks ago
replace Befoul for Ruinous Path or Never to return from amonkhet, a Swamp for Crypt of Agadeem, and consider these artifacts as they would work great with your deckBlade of the Bloodchief, Caged Sun, Door of Destinies, Extraplanar Lens, Lashwrithe, Stoneforge Masterwork, Urza's Incubator
I also made a vampire edh deck recently, and you may look at mine for reference, although my edh deck is not the best due to money and trade restrictions that I had. http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/10-04-17-vampire-edh/
3 weeks ago
Instead of the Wilds, maybe look at the Pain Lands. The life loss should be negated by the servant. Underground River, Arcane Sanctum, Dromar's Cavern, and Crypt of Agadeem are also options. But, this deck looks pretty solid! I would still skip the Executioners in favor of a better zombie lord. A zombie army with menace is almost always a game win. Another card I forgot to mention is Behind the Scenes. Skulk + Menace = unhappy enemies. Finally, Carrion Feeder and Nantuko Husk are excellent sac outlets. A must for zombie tribal.